On the eve of this Memorial Day weekend, I would like to take a moment to honor our men and women who died while in military service. For those of you that don't know, Memorial Day was originally celebrated as Decoration Day. The first observance of the holiday occured in Waterloo, New York on May 5th, 1866. The name Memorial Day did not become common until after World War II and in 1967, Congress officially changed the name.
In 2000, Congress established the White House Commission on Remembrance. A non-partisan government agency that encourages Americans to honor the sacrifices of our fallen and their families. In addition to promoting acts of remembrance throughout the year, the commission is also tasked with sponsoring the National Moment of Remembrance.
I invite you to join Cindy and me, and our fellow citizens on Monday at 3:00 PM, to pause in a moment of national unity remembering those who died in service to our country.
God Bless you, your family, and this great Nation.